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Auckland to Rotorua drive

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Auckland to Rotorua road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Auckland to Rotorua. If you're planning a road trip to Rotorua, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Auckland
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:21 am  Thames
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:21 pm
drive for about 52 minutes

1:13 pm  Huntly
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:13 pm
drive for about 54 minutes

3:07 pm  Matamata
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:07 pm
drive for about 57 minutes

5:04 pm  Rotorua
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:04 pm
drive for about 13 minutes

6:17 pm  arrive in Rotorua

driving ≈ 4.5 hours

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Auckland to Rotorua questions

profile  Kyra asked:
Stops between Auckland and Roturua  (0 answers)

Where should I stop along the way?



Matamata  (8 answers)
    Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tours  (4 mentions)

Rotorua  (8 mentions)

What are some things to do in Rotorua?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Te Puia  (4 mentions)
Polynesian Spa  (3 mentions)
Mitai Maori Village  (3 mentions)
Ogo  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Rotorua. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Petra from Blenheim asked:
Tamaki or Mitai Maori Village?  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Rotorua.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Rotorua to Auckland drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Auckland? Try searching for places within 3 hours of Auckland.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Auckland to Rotorua. Or get a full Auckland to Rotorua flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Auckland well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Auckland!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 142 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 50 minutes
80 Auckland travel answers
1 Huntly travel answer
8 Matamata travel answers
32 Rotorua travel answers


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